ossify Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “ossify” in the English Dictionary

"ossify" in British English

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uk   /ˈɒs.ɪ.faɪ/  us   /ˈɑː.sə-/

ossify verb (IDEAS)

[I or T] formal disapproving If ​habits or ​ideas ossify, or if something ossifies them, they ​becomefixed and ​unable to ​change: Years of ​easysuccess had ossified the company's ​thinking and it never ​faced up to the ​challenge of the new ​technology.

ossify verb (BODY)

[I] specialized medical If ​bodytissue ossifies, it ​becomes hard and ​changes into ​bone.
adjective uk   us   /-faɪd/
(Definition of ossify from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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